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Free swimming for under-16s in Burnley

23 March 2012

More details have been released about the free swimming for under-16s initiative introduced by Burnley Council.

Council leisure staff have consulted with swimming’s governing body, the ASA, to ensure the scheme brings the most benefits.

Councillor Jeff Sumner, the council’s executive member for leisure, said: “It’s great that the council has been able to find funding to reintroduce free swimming for under-16s. Staff have taken a close look at how we can implement the scheme most effectively and have come up with a free swimming programme.

“We’ve taken expert advice and introduced an element of teaching people to swim as well as catering for those that already can. Swimming is a great way to have fun and keep healthy at the same time and now, if you’re under 16, you can do it for nothing. You can’t beat that.”

The free swimming programme will start in April 2012 and has been planned to not impinge on the wider user swimming programme. It will include the following:

  • Free swimming during term time

Free swimming for under-16s 4pm – 6pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

  • Free swimming sessions school holidays Easter/Summer/September

Free Toddler Fun swimming session 10am -12pm Monday and Friday.

Free swimming for under-16s - 1pm  – 3pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

  • Aquatic fun days– six to be held at St Peter’s and Padiham leisure centres (dates to be arranged), including mini water polo, introduction to synchronised swimming and aquatic games.
  • Crash swimming courses– all week-long courses throughout the summer holidays for those that want to learn to swim will cost £10 per child rather than £20.

Councillor Sumner said: “We have also pledged to consider reinstating free swimming for the over 60s and I have asked council officers to bring back a report on possible options on how this can be achieved.”

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